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Williamsburg & Washington D.C.

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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Essential Reading Package-EXUSE276

Item EXUSE276. Buy these 6 items as a set for $97 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

The Americans, the Colonial Experience

USA05
Daniel Boorstin
Random House
1964
434
0394705130
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Winner of the Bancroft Prize, this wide-ranging portrait of colonial America looks to the origins of the American character and its institutions.
$17.95

Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation

USE244
Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage Books
2002
304
0375705244
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
$15.95

Stars in Their Courses, The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863

USE191
Shelby Foote
Modern Library
1994
290
0679601120
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
Shelby Foote's gift for prose makes this military history a page-turning narrative, deftly capturing the monumental battle in a concise, informative text. Like all of his writing, Foote composed this volume with an old fashioned nib pen (he hated typewrit
$24.00

Fodor's Washington D.C.'s 25 Best

USS39
Fodors
Fodor's
2016
128
0147546249
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A shirt-pocket guide with an excellent pull-out map and essential information on museums, sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, hotels and nightlife.
$13.99

Eyewitness Guide Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country

USE369
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
208
1465428607
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Gorgeously illustrated and with excellent maps, this compact book is a handsome overview of the history, traditions, cultures and sights of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
$23.00

Gettysburg National Military Park Map

USE193
Trailhead Graphics
Trailhead Graphics
2
1883271037
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the park and battlefield in Gettysburg.
$9.95

Philadelphia Map

USE123
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2006
2
3866091435
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, flexible map of the center of Philadelphia.
$7.95

Washington, DC Map

WDC06
Berndtson & Berndtson
Borch Maps
2008
2
3897071037
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of the capital at a scale of 1:15,000.
$8.95

Guide to the Battle of Gettysburg

USE192
Jay Luvaas, Harold W. Nelson
University Press of Kansas
1994
254
0700606866
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Designed for the traveler, this is a history and guide to the battlefield at Gettysburg, with directions for navigating the area. Each stop along the guided tour presents an important phase of the battle, and many are accompanied by excerpts from an offic
$19.95

Independence, A Guide to Historic Philadelphia

USE546
George W. Boudreau
University of Chicago Press
2011
394
1594161437
HARD COVER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Meticulously researched and fabulously illustrated with photographs and early American art, Boudreau's book traces the history of America's first capital from its founding in 1681 to its vital role in the war for independence.
$24.95

A Prayer for the City

USE121
Buzz G. Bissinger, Robert Clark (Photographer)
Random House
1998
408
0679744940
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An account of Philadelphia and its mayor Ed Rendell in the early 1990s. Bissinger draws Rendell as a larger-than-life personality, doing anything possible to save a floundering city.
$17.00

All the President's Men, The Greatest Reporting Story of All Time

WDC03
Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
Touchstone
2014
368
1476770514
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The legendary story of two young Washington Post reporters who uncover the Watergate scandal, leading to the resignation of President Nixon.
$17.00

Betsy Ross and the Making of America

USE548
Marla R. Miller
Griffin Publishing
2011
467
0312576226
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A femal artisan, working woman and loving wife, Ross was heavily immersed within her surroundings: she lost husbands to the war, witnessed the rising demand for upholstery and suffered many losses at the hands of the yellow fever epidemics. As a result, M
$26.99

Founding Gardeners

USE535
Andrea Wulf
Alfred Knopf
2012
368
0307390683
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the roles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship with nature d
$18.95

Original Meanings, Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

USA443
Jack N. Rakove
Vintage Books
1997
439
0679781218
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning history, Rakove reassesses the intentions and debates of the ratifiers of the Constitution and challenges the political stance that today's policy-makers should aim to obey the founders' intentions.
$18.95

Philadelphia, A 300-Year History

USE98
Russell F. Weigley (Editor), Edward Wolf (Editor), Nicholas B. Wainwright (Editor), Joseph E. Illick
W. W. Norton & Company
1982
751
0393016102
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive history of Philadelphia that examines the city's political, artistic, physical and social development.
$35.00

Revolutionaries, A New History of the Invention of America

USA442
Jack Rakove
Houghton Mifflin Company
2011
496
0547521871
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Rakove offers new insights into the personalities of America's famous and little-known revolutionaries, focusing on the period from 1772 to 1792 and portraying these national heroes as ordinary men who rose to meet the challenges at hand.
$16.95

The Civil War, An Illustrated History

USS27
Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
1992
448
0679742778
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
$32.50

Historic Houses of Philadelphia, A Tour of the Region's Museum Homes

USE93
Roger W. Moss, Tom Crane
University of Pennsylvania Press
1998
240
0812234383
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
A photographic tour of 50 distinctive residences in the Philadelphia area.
$39.95

American Sphinx, the Character of Thomas Jefferson

USA51
Joseph J. Ellis
Vintage Books
1998
440
0679764410
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
More character study than strict biography, this celebrated book describes and defines Thomas Jefferson's beliefs, influences and aspirations. Winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction, 1997.
$17.95

Benjamin Franklin, An American Life

USE547
Walter Isaacson
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2004
586
074325807X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A New York Times Bestseller, Walter Isaacson's sweeping biography hones in on the genius of a man who dramatically shaped American history. Without shying away from Franklin's shortcomings, Issacson manages to paint an entertaining and complex portrait of
$19.99

Imagining Philadelphia, Travelers' Views of the City from 1800 to the Present

USE91
Philip Stevick
University of Pennsylvania Press
1996
216
0812233778
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
This sampling of travel narratives, correspondence, diaries, and fiction dating as far back as 1800 conveys different perspectives on the City of Brotherly Love.
$49.95

John Adams

USE201
David McCullough
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2002
751
0743223136
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling biography of the second president. McCullough reveals the great Adams as a figure on par with (his presidential book-ends) Washington and Jefferson.
$20.00

Washington, the Indispensable Man

USE111
James Thomas Flexner
Little Brown and Company
1994
423
0316286168
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A condensed edition of Flexner's award-winning, four-volume biography of George Washington.
$19.00

Brotherly Love

USE101
Daniel Hoffman
University of Pennsylvania Press
2000
192
0812217365
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An extended poem that reflects on William Penn's vision for America and the conflicts that have arisen to challenge this ideal.
$17.95

Literary Washington, D.C.

WDC36
Patrick Allen (Editor)
2012
296
1595340785
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Novelists, poets, journalists, essayists, and politicians and patriots all contribute to this collection of essays on our nation's capital.
$16.95

Philadelphia Fire, A Novel

USE102
John Edgar Wideman
Vintage Books
2005
199
061850964X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
In this novel, an African American writer returns to West Philadelphia to write a book on the 1985 police bombing of a black organization and searches for the one surviving child. Winner of the Pen Faulkner Award.
$13.95

The Killer Angels

USS36
Michael Shaara
Ballantine Books
1996
400
034540727X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
It’s the summer of 1863. Fresh from a victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee heads north in a daring attempt to draw Union forces away from the Potomac. He is met by Union regiments at Gettysburg for the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
$17.00

Washington, D.C.

USE130
Gore Vidal
Vintage Books
2000
422
0375708774
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The sixth installation in Gore Vidal's "Narratives of Empire" historical novel series. This tale of corruption follows the lives of a conservative senator and a newspaper publisher in Washington D.C.
$18.00

More Books

Confederates in the Attic

USS35
Tony Horwitz
Random House
1999
406
067975833x
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Subtitled "Dispatched from the Unfinished Civil War," this book reveals the strange world of the re-enactors, unreconstructed confederates and others whose ongoing interest and involvement in the War Between the States provide an intriguing cultural portr
$17.00

The First Salute, A View of the American Revolution

USA04
Barbara Tuchman
Ballantine Books
1989
368
0345336674
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Pulitzer-prize winning author’s analysis of the American Revolution, focusing on the European politics surrounding the war, and the conflicts between the British and Dutch navy. Much of the action takes place in the Caribbean, the author providing a fasci
$18.00

Jefferson and Monticello, The Biography of a Builder

USE106
John McLaughlin
Henry Holt and Company
1990
481
0805014632
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A detailed account of the painstaking design and construction of Monticello, the slaves and artisans who labored on its behalf, and a portrait of daily colonial life in Virginia.
$23.00

A People's History of the United States, 1492 to Present

USA52
Howard Zinn
HarperCollins Publishers
2010
768
0061965588
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Zinn's big, influential, utterly engaging lively history of the many threads of the American experience. His book teems with American personalities, from Montezuma to Joe Hill to Abbey Hoffman -- as well as those old familiars, the Founding Fathers.
$25.00

Personal Memoirs, Ulysses S. Grant

USS33
Ulysses S. Grant
Penguin
1999
674
0140437010
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A remarkable (and big) account of a rich life, from a poor boy on the frontier to a great general and president, written by Grant on his deathbed -- and originally edited by none other than Mark Twain.
$18.00

United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map

USS57
Hallwag
Hallwag
2012
1
382830284X
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000.
$14.95

Wallpaper City Guide Philadelphia

USE642
Richard Cook
Phaidon Press
2016
128
0714868523
PAPER
Guidebook
8/11/2010
0
0
0
0
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper's local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.
$11.95

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

USA356
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2011
400
0375712100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system.
$35.00

Frommer's Philadelphia Day by Day

USE598
Frommer's
Frommer's
2013
162887029X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A compact shirt pocket guide, ideal for a short visit, featuring remarkably good suggestions for everything from food, hotels and neighborhoods to shopping. With a separate foldout map of the city center.
$13.95

City Walks Philadelphia

USE515
Caroline Tiger
Chronicle Books
2009
52
081186541X
BOXED
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This deck of colorful convenient car includes 50 suggested adventures afoot in the city.
$14.95

Eyewitness Guide Washington D.C.

WDC07
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
236
1465439692
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An on-the-ground guide to Washington D.C., featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, comprehensive and superb.
$23.00

Philadelphia, Then and Now

USE360
Edward Arthur Mauger
Independent Publishers Group
2015
144
190981556X
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An illustrated chronicle of Philadelphia's development over the decades. Archival photographs are paired with modern ones, their contrast demonstrating the city's change. Each pair is accompanied by a brief, historical description.
$19.95

For Kids

Saving the Liberty Bell

USE482
Megan McDonald
Atheneum
2005
32
0689851677
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A true story of the American Revolution told by an 11-year-old boy who helped his father hide the Liberty Bell from the British.
$17.99

Across Five Aprils

USA44
Irene Hunt
Berkley Books
1987
190
0425102416
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Irene Hunt's enduring classic of the Civil War recounts the story of Jethro and his older brothers, who choose to fight on opposite sides during the Civil War. While Jethro grows to adulthood in Illinois (a state neither strictly Yankee nor strictly Reb),
$6.99

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia

USE483
Margaret Cousins
1987
153
0394849280
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The life of Ben Franklin -- inventor, printer, editor, statesman, ambassador, and arguably one of the most important Americans in history -- is depicted with warmth and insight in this biography for ages 9-12.
$5.99

Eyewitness American Revolution

USA40
DK Publishing
DK Publishing
2015
72
1465438599
HARD COVER
History
9/1/2015
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The colonial era and American Revolution get the (highly visual) Eyewitness treatment in this book, which reveals not only the political climate of the times but also the prevailing fashions, weaponry, dwellings and much more. Recommended for kids ages 8-
$19.99

Eyewitness Civil War

USA46
John Stanchak
DK Publishing
2015
72
1465433600
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The Civil War gets the big-picture treatment in this Eyewitness book, which features photographs and illustrations of costumes, household appliances, weapons and other artifacts.
$19.99

If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution

USA41
Kay Moore, Daniel O'Leary (Illustrator)
Scholastic Inc.
1998
80
0590674447
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
One in Scholastic's nonfiction series about daily life and customs throughout history, this one focusing on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. in the second half of the 18th century. With colorful illustrations and the kinds of interesting facts that draw y
$6.99

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War

USA45
Kay Moore, Anni Matsick (Illustrator)
Scholastic Inc.
1994
64
0590454226
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Another entry in Scholastic's nonfiction series about daily life and customs throughout history, this one focusing on 1860-65. With vibrant, detailed illustrations and the kinds of interesting facts that draw young readers in. Ages 9-12.
$6.99

If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days

USA47
Barbara Brenner, Jenny Williams (Illustrator)
Scholastic Inc.
2000
80
0590929224
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This lively, imaginative introduction shows the daily life and customs of the community of Williamsburg, Virginia prior to the American Revolution. With colorful illustrations and interesting facts geared for readers ages 9-12.
$6.99

Stories from Where We Live, The North Atlantic Coast

USE252
Sara St. Antoine, Paul Mirocha (Illustrator), Trudy Nicholson (Illustrator)
Milkweed Editions
2004
290
1571316434
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A substantial anthology of writings about this North American ecoregion, from Newfoundland south to Delaware -- wonderfully useful as a young person's guide to people, nature and place. Ages 9 to 14.
$10.95

The House of Dies Drear

USS258
Virginia Hamilton
Pocket Books
1984
279
0020435207
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A novel about a modern family living in a haunted Civil War-era house.
$7.99

Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

USA43
Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator)
Penguin Putnam
1997
48
0698114396
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A witty illustrated biography of the famous orator.
$6.99

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

USA42
Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator), Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
Penguin Putnam
1999
48
069811440X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Favorite children's author Jean Fritz gamely tells the story of John Hancock. This cheerful, unsanctimonious biography of the man who so boldly signed the Declaration of Independence is ideal for middle school readers.
$6.99

Harriet and the Promised Land

USS257
Jacob Lawrence
Aladdin Books
1997
40
0689809654
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
The wonderful 20th-century American painter Jacob Lawrence wrote and illustrated this tribute to Harriet Tubman, former slave, abolitionist and Underground Railroad escort. Ages 4 and up.
$8.99